The Community Enterprise Project assists local communities to create economic opportunity in underserved and underrepresented areas and populations. To accomplish this, we provide direct legal representation to low and moderate income small businesses and entrepreneurs. The program is able to provide representation covering a broad range of transactional (i.e. non-litigation) business legal needs.

Healthy businesses help to create a healthy community. The Community Enterprise Project helps both those new to the market and existing small businesses overcome hurdles created by the complexities of doing business. We help community-based businesses navigate the legal pitfalls that can impair the creation of economic opportunity. By helping to create strong and stable economic opportunities in areas and in populations that have struggled to receive the legal assistance needed to be successful, we are able to strengthen our community as a whole. 

Some of the areas we can assist with include:

  • Business Entity Formation
  • Contracting
  • Leases
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • Operating Agreements and Corporate Governance
  • Regulation Compliance
  • Licensing and Permitting
  • Other Business Legal Needs

The Community Enterprise Project also provides legal representation to participants of SMOC's Financial Services' loan program.

Helpful Links:

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA is an entity of the Federal Government that assists small businesses and entrepreneurs in all aspects of running a business. SBA offers access to many free programs, opportunities for mentorship and networking, and resources on a variety of related topics. The website also has links to other useful information and organizations.

SCORE

An amazing program that pair entrepreneurs with experienced mentors in the business world.

SMOC Financial Services

SMOC established SMOC Financial Services (SFS) to help financially underserved entrepreneurs start, stabilize, or grow their businesses through access to microloans and technical assistance.